Archive for February, 2012

February News & Committee Reports

February 16, 2012

Don’t forget to RSVP for the February 22 Meeting –

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, February 20. Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 without reservation). If you’re not having lunch, no RVSP is necessary. (Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.)

(For more information about the February program, click here or scroll to bottom of this page.)

Cyndy McCoy, FWRW President

 

President’s Message:

“Let’s Wear Red in February”

To read President Cyndy McCoy’s February 2012 Message,

look for it under Pages in the margin to the right, or click here.

 

Justice Lee Ann Dauphinot, Second Court of Appeals

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A Special Thanks to Justice Lee Ann Dauphinot –
 

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in February! Justice Dauphinot serves the citizens of Tarrant County, as well as 11 other counties in north Texas, as a Justice on the Second Court of Appeals.

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Salvato: There’s a Difference Between Vetting and Smearing

 

Frank Salvato is the Managing Editor and Publisher for New Media Journal, a division of BasicsProject.org.

Call it wishful thinking. Call it expecting the campaigns to honor what the American people have been demanding for several election cycles. Call it what you will, but I admit, I am one of the life-long Conservatives and Republicans who finds the attack ad blitz being perpetrated by our GOP presidential candidates against one another over-the-top and, quite frankly, embarrassing. It is one thing to illuminate an opponent’s past record, even his past behavior where it applies to his ability to execute elected office, but it is quite another to engage in the slash-and-burn, win-at-all-cost political tactics of the Progressive Left. We, as Conservatives and as Republicans are better than that…we have to be…

You may say that I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one,
I hope today you will all join us,
Then the election can be won.

Excerpt from GOPUSA (January 27, 2012).  To read the entire editorial, click here.  Also click to see Mr. Salvato’s follow-up article: Another Reason Why Going Negative is a Bad Thing.

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Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

 What the County Clerk Does For You

Editorial by Mary Louise Garcia

Few of Tarrant County’s 1.8 million citizens go through life without calling on the County Clerk for copies of birth certificates and marriage licenses, deeds to homes and other property as well as oil and gas lease records, death certificates, powers of attorney and a multitude of other personal and business documents.

In short, my job is to preserve and protect millions of documents vital to every citizen and business in 44 cities. We are also the office of record for the proceedings of 16 courts and serve citizens at offices in the downtown Courthouse and six sub-courthouses across the county. 

With Tarrant County’s rapidly rising population and its flourishing business community, the County Clerk’s 140 employees: 

  • Record almost half a million new land and business documents every year.
  • Oversee the collection of more than $24 million in fines and fees, making it the county’s second largest generator of fees.
  • Manage over $17 million in funds for minors, guardianships and cash bonds.

Twenty-six cities, including Fort Worth, have turned over their record-keeping to our office for greater efficiency and less money. 

To step up efficiency since I took office New Year’s Day 2011, we have:  

  • Cut our operational budget 3.5%, helping keep our county government one of the few anywhere living within its means: no debts, no deficits 
  • Extended office hours to 5 p.m. for greater customer convenience.
  • Reduced the number of positions in our operations.
  • Introduced technology that reduced waiting time for returning original documents to customers from two weeks to handing them back in a matter of minutes.
  • Set up a feedback system on my Web site to encourage taxpayers to let us know how we can improve service.
  • Completed (under budget) a project that, as of December 31, 2010, added over one million land records to the Web for public access.
  • Kicked off a project to convert over five million film and microfiche files to digital images for simpler public access, reducing equipment and increasing efficiency.
  • Established a backup emergency site in the Northwest Sub-Courthouse to serve the public during natural or man-made disasters.
  • Stepped up promotion of our Property Fraud Alert program to help protect customers from property and mortgage fraud.

Click HERE to sign up for Property Fraud Alert.

  • Expanded the availability of vital records at our sub-courthouses.

More innovations are under way, including a program to make more vital documents available to customers over the Internet—saving them time and gasoline.     

My recent appointments include Chair of the Tarrant County Business Disaster Recovery Committee, Co-Chair of the Tarrant County EGov Committee and Co-Chair of the Property Recording Industry Association (PRIA). 

We have plans to make more progress to deliver better, more efficient service for fewer taxpayer dollars.  I would be happy to hear from you at any time.  

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Navigating Our New Format…

Looking for regular featured information in our new online format?  It’s all still here!  Many of our regularly-featured items can be found in the margin to the right.  Just scroll around and you’ll find them, along with other new items as well, including helpful links and comments from FWRW members.  Some favorites can be found as follows:

Calendar of Events – Look below Pages in margin to the right.

President’s Column – Look under Pages in margin to the right.  Click & read!

NFRW Mamie Eisenhower Books of the Week – Look below Prior Posts in margin to the right (goodreads).  Click on each book cover for more information.

Officer and Committee Chair Contact Information – Look under Pages in margin to the right.  Click & read!  (Click on email address listed to send a message.)

Membership Form – Look under Pages in margin to the right. Click on Membership in FWRW and follow the link.  Complete the form online or print a pdf version of the form and mail your dues in today!

Feel free to leave a comment along the way. 

Mamie Eisenhower Library Project Book of the Week

Write Your Own Review!

Have you read one of the NFRW Mamie Eisenhower Books of the Week (featured in goodreads box in margin to the right)?  If so, send us a review and we’ll include it for all our Fort Worth Republican Women subscribers to read!  You can send your review by leaving a comment below or by emailing your review to Judge Bonnie Sudderth, FWRW Newsletter Editor – bonnie@judgebonnie.com.   

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TEXAS RE-DISTRICTING UPDATE…

TEXAS PRIMARY ELECTION DATE MOVED AGAIN –

On Wednesday afternoon, February 15, the three-judge panel in San Antonio announced that the April 3 primary will be moved once more.  The likely primary date will be May 29, but don’t write that date on your calendar just yet.  In the meantime, one interim map has been agreed upon by all of the parties – the Texas Senate District map.  State House district interim maps and Congressional district interim maps remain to be drawn. 

Because of the nearness of a May 29 primary date to the Texas GOP convention, which begins the first week in June, special rules are likely to be implemented to govern the delegate selection process for the convention.  Unfortunately, this later primary date will also likely further marginalize Texas’ voice in selecting the 2012 Republican candidate for President.

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February 22, 2012 Program – A Push for Meaningful Change to the Federal Safety Net

February 8, 2012

Valet Parking is now available at the Fort Worth Club!

RSVP Information:

Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 w/o reservation).  (Make checks payable to “FWRW” – having checks already filled out speeds up the check-in process.)

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, February 20. If you’re not having lunch, no RVSP is necessary.  Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.  (Please do not RSVP using the Reply/Comment section below.)

Link to Location, Directions, Parking Info:

http://www.fortworthclub.com/default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=315213&ssid=205616&vnf=1